Seventy in reclusion, could reach 3,600: Youths hiding from the world

by Alexandra Lages, the Macau Daily Times

About 70 local youngsters stay at home 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for at least three months in a row. They do not work or study. Internet is their only window to the outside world and videogames and cartoons are their best friends. A study on reclusive youth in Macau has indicated that these numbers may increase in the future, suggesting that 1,600 to 3,600 youths are likely to become part of this so-called hidden youth or ‘hikikomori’ as the Japanese refer to it. The review calls on schools and parents to change their mindset and approach towards these young people. The government must also raise awareness in the society for this hidden problem.

http://www.macaudailytimes.com.mo/macau/33642-Seventy-reclusion-could-reach-3600-Youths-hiding-from-the-world.html

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